Tuesday, July 26, 2011

French flower pots by trial and error...mostly ERROR!

Oh boy what a week it has been so far
with one thing after another going wrong and
then to top it off I can't even follow directions! SO
you really need to visit
to see how this little project all started.
Ahh...french flowerpots.
Who doesn't want to have a few of these around!

Not looking too bad in bright sunlight, but
don't get too up close and personal! lol.

It even looks pretty good tucked in among all
my goodies on my kitchen shelf.

This ivy plant amazes me. I don't remember the last time I tried to grow ivy and I just left this one in the original pot outside and it has flourished. {even though it is rootbound!} For this photo shoot I took it out of the pot and crammed it in this one. Now it will probably die on me. :)

Not a perfect graphic, but hey isn't that what trial and error is all about? Trust me this gal is used to things being a little wonky so it fits right in at my place.

What you don't know is that I painted that silly pot several times because whenever I would adhere the graphic, wait overnight for it to dry and then wet it and try to take the top layer of paper off...it took paint off right along with the paper every time...and part of the graphic as well. I was getting very discouraged so thought hey I will try it on a box that has been painted for several days.

Yep...you see the result...Sandi did not follow
directions AGAIN and I did not wait overnight.
I thought oh what the heck...it looks dry to me
so off I went to finish it. Not so great again...
took off half the graphic as well. hee hee.
I am leaving this box as is...I think it just looks
like an old box that has lost part of it's graphic
over the years. Kinda like me...I have lost a lot
of things , but it's my mind that I miss the most! :)

I do hope you visit Heaven's Walk and read the steps
and if you try it I suggest you follow them to a T. {although I will also say that apparently my printer
doesn't have waterproof ink and the graphic smeared a little
when it was wet, but I am satisfied for now.
I will keep trying and actually do one RIGHT from
start to finish one of these days.

I painted the pot like she did too, but then had to dab
more paint on and try to blend it in around the graphic
where the paint lifted later.
Oh my...the pickles I get myself into.
But it was fun anyway and I will try again.

Yep the poor, but lovely box...ha!! Happy White Wednesday again this week. Thanks to Kathleen over at Faded Charm for
continuing to put up with my shenanigans.



Tricia said...

Oh, I think they look great, Sandi! And, a little bit of the graphic torn off makes them look worn and more authentic too. I saw Laurie's post about this and thought it would be great to try. I haven't gotten around to it yet though.

Julie Marie said...

Oh Sandi, you are too cute!... I love this post so much... you and I would get along great in person, kind of like Lucy and Ethel!... I think the little flowerpot looks wonderful, like it aged some over the years... and I love your description of how you put your ivy inside the pot!... hope you are having a good time, it sounds like you are... you have a darling sense of humor, and I love that!... xoxo Julie Marie PS Kitty kisses to Gypsy!!!

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

I think they look just fine...I love things a little tattered:) I saw Laurie's post on these, haven't tried it yet but soon!

Heaven's Walk said...

LOL! You poor thing! You were trying so very hard....! But they really turned out great, Sandi! They look old and vintagey and just beautiful! Even the torn part makes it look old. :) Don't be so hard on yourself, silly girl! You did just fine! And thanks for the shout out, sweetie! :)

xoxo laurie

Debra@CommonGround said...

Laurie's post was AMAZING, notice, I haven't tried it yet, te he. You got to be the guinea pig! I think they turned out great. xoxo Debra

mercedes scott said...

Trail and error... isn't that the only way to learn? I can relate to the "instant" gratification feeling of wanting the project done "now" so I can see what it looks like! I seem to have problems waiting (per directions)... Your projects turned out fantastic -- aren't they supposed to look aged anyway?!? Happy White Wednesday :)

Miss Gracie's House said...

This made me smile...I do know just what you are talking about:)...I always get in a hurry too and don't follow directions very well...but THANKS for pointing this technique out...I have been searching for months for a way to use the images on wood...since I don't sew...I try this and *learn* from your mistakes:)...your items really did turn our cute, BTW!!!
Have a great week!

Miss Gracie's House said...

P.S. I forgot to say your little Gypsy is so sweet! And did I ever tell you, I LOVE your outdoor area you've been playing with...it is so pretty!

Lady Pamela said...

Thanks for the trial and error warning. I will pass this onto my sister who is going to try this out. It will save her some precious time and ink! *Smiles*

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Sandi!
I want to try this too...I put it on my fall list. I like the way yours came out, looks like you've had it forever!
Hope little Gypsy is doing great!

The Charm of Home said...

That turned out lovely. I love this idea.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Sandi, Thank you for sharing this transfer method. I'll try this instead of using gel medium soon.
Have a great weekend :-)!